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#5202036 - 08/15/10 08:47 PM wiring lights to jon boat
Bassin87' Offline
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Registered: 08/14/09
Posts: 465
Loc: Denton, TX
So i have a little jon boat i have my anchor light (green/read and my white light battery powered with d cell i run a trolling motor off a marine battery but what i want to do is wire running lights on front of boat like headlights on a car and hard wire my curtsy lights and one my trolling motor all off my marine battery! will one battery do that? and how long could it run all of those things? or should i get another battery to run lights and one to run motor?
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#5202058 - 08/15/10 08:53 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Bassin87']
Rubes Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: Wilson County,Tx
it depends on your battery really, course now with all the LED stuff out there you do all that with just one battery. The brighter you go the more bugs you'll deal with too as well as run you charge down. I've seen some really big hand held battery operated spot lights you could mount up front when you're moving.

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#5202061 - 08/15/10 08:53 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Bassin87']
tgravley aka stinkbait tom Offline
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Registered: 02/06/09
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the little headlights that northern tool sells for mowers dont draw many amps and are relatively cheap. just check out the amp draw before you buy the lights and it should work. the green submersible flouresent lights from academy only draw 2 amps an hour and 3 light up my toon


Edited by tgravley aka stinkbait tom (08/15/10 08:54 PM)
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#5202408 - 08/15/10 11:05 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: tgravley aka stinkbait tom]
Bassin87' Offline
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Loc: Denton, TX
thanks rubes i figured that with led lights. Thanks Tom I was looking at car lights at walmart couldnt figure out how many amps get drawn i was looking at like 55 watt bulbs and i couldnt figure out how much they would draw from my battery
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#5202478 - 08/15/10 11:38 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Bassin87']
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Used to have a Delhi Jon Boat. I wired graph, nav lights and 3 tractor lights and could run them all night with no issues.
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#5202970 - 08/16/10 09:11 AM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: TxCatfishGuide]
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Registered: 03/02/09
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Loc: Poth, TX
Use a small Lawn Tractor or Motorcyle battery for your lights. Never any fun being stuck on the water with no battery to get you back to the ramp. I got 5 batteries on my Carolina Skiff. 1 dedicated just to cranking & running the big motor. 2 for trolling motor. 1 for lights/radio/graph and 1 as a back up.
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#5203154 - 08/16/10 10:16 AM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Mexicajun1]
Rubes Offline
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Loc: Wilson County,Tx
Dang Mexicajun1,
it's like you're your own power plant out there LOL but yeah, it's sucks to be out there without power, makes a good day of fishing turn into a bad day in general. Brings to mind a story about a guy who broke down and was stranded, along comes a guy with his wife and m-i-l and the 1st guy hollers out "can I get one of your oars?" the 2nd guy anwsers back "naw mate, ones my wife and the other's my mother in law"

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#5203449 - 08/16/10 11:44 AM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Rubes]
Bassin87' Offline
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Registered: 08/14/09
Posts: 465
Loc: Denton, TX
Now using a tractor or motorcycle battery hold up charging all the time it's not a deep cycle battery so could it handle it?
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#5203622 - 08/16/10 12:25 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Bassin87']
Mexicajun1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/09
Posts: 2185
Loc: Poth, TX
could always put a 12 volt deer feeder battery & solar panel on it & be good to go............. Rubes I've saved SEVERAL boats that had dead batteries in the middle of the lake brotha.
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#5203930 - 08/16/10 01:37 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Mexicajun1]
Bassin87' Offline
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Registered: 08/14/09
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Loc: Denton, TX
Solar power crossed my mind I wonder how fast it would charge the battery
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#5204066 - 08/16/10 02:14 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Bassin87']
Mexicajun1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/09
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Loc: Poth, TX
Your battery should be fully charged between fishing trips. Depends on the size of Panel you purchase. Some charge faster than others. I think Home Depot or Lowes has some that charge faster than the ones they sell at Academy or Tractor Supply.
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#5204095 - 08/16/10 02:25 PM Re: wiring lights to jon boat [Re: Mexicajun1]
chuck44l Offline
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Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1382
Loc: SW Kansas
I always carry one of these in my boat as a backup

http://www.ia-1dmat.org/tag/booster-pack

I have 3 batteries in my boat but i dont want to mess with changing them on the water when something happens I have used the booster pack several times this year.


Edited by chuck44l (08/16/10 02:32 PM)
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